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                Oakland County Bar Foundation


To serve the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession by funding or promoting:

a) programs that foster the honor, integrity, welfare, or understanding of the law or the legal system or that educate the public about the role of lawyers in our society.

b) programs that improve the accessibility and affordability of the legal services.

c) the Adams Pratt Collection at the Oakland County Courthouse Library.

History & Purpose:

The Oakland County Bar Foundation began as the Oakland County Law Library Foundation. From 1976 to 1988, its sole beneficiary was the Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library.

In 1988, it was renamed the Oakland Bar—Adams Pratt Foundation with an expanded vision of creating a greater impact in Oakland County.

The Oakland County Bar Foundation began in 1999,when it embarked upon a new era of collaboration, cooperation and partnership with the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA). With the two organizations working together, the role of the Foundation expanded considerably, as has its list of grant recipients.

The mutually beneficial partnership enables the Foundation to raise funds to support worthy, law-related projects and programs and allows the OCBA to engage in planning and executing these programs. Also, the partnership allows the organizations to develop programs of concern to both.

Lawyers and non-lawyer members of the community are elected to the Foundation Board of Trustees.

Oakland County Bar Foundation Board of Trustees

The specific purposes recited in the Foundation's Articles of Incorporation include:

  • improving and facilitating the administration of justice in Oakland County and throughout the State of Michigan;
  • ensuring to the fullest extent possible that legal services are made available to all members of the public;
  • promoting legal research and the study of law as well as the diffusion of legal knowledge through support of the Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library;
  • promoting the continuing legal education of lawyers and judges;
  • educating the public as to their legal rights and obligations; and fostering and maintaining the honor and integrity of the profession of the law.